Kathleen M. Kiesling

Kathleen M. Kiesling, 73, of Fort Atkinson, passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at University of Wisconsin-Hospital in Madison.

Kathy was born on June 10, 1946, in Marinette, the daughter of Glenn and Mae (Murphy) Rogge.

In her youth, Kathy’s family moved often, and she graduated from Antigo High School in 1964.

On Nov. 11, 1967, she married Larry Kiesling at Fort Wainwright Army Base in Fairbanks, Alaska, where Larry served as an MP.

The couple had three children, and enjoyed Wisconsin summers and wintering in Arizona. Kathy loved those trips, and enjoyed the sights and casinos on the way.

Kathy’s laugh was boisterous, memorable and contagious. She had a vast collection of Noah’s Ark stuff and she loved fancy food.

She enjoyed playing cards, but rarely won.

Kathy worked in the clothing department of Shopko in Fort Atkinson and also as a housekeeper at Alden Estates. She enjoyed her time at both places and made many friends while working.

Kathy was a longtime member of Busseyville Community Church and the Jefferson Optimist Club.

She will be remembered for the caring spirit and a desire to put others before herself.

Kathy is survived by: her husband, Larry Kiesling of Fort Atkinson; children, Andy (Carley) Kiesling of Madison, Matt (Christine) Kiesling of Milwaukee and Liz (Poca Gonzalez) Kiesling of Milwaukee; grandchildren, Angeline, William, Payton, Emma, Joey, Jarrett and Justin; and her brother, Marvin (Loraine) Rogge. She also is survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brothers, John and Pete.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 19, at the Olsen-Gibson Funeral Home of Jefferson with the Rev. Kellen Roggenbuck presiding.

Visitation will be on Friday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until the time of service.

Burial at Union Cemetery will take place at a later date.

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